"Well, Shaun spent one semester at Flora MacDonald and the coach there wanted to re-classify him to 2016," said Edwards. "But, he always had his heart set on being in the 2015 class and that became a legitimate option in January once he received his qualifying SAT score. I do think though there was some confusion about it... which class he would be in."
Kirk was lighting it up for Team Loaded North Carolina on the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series. The 6'6 wing is averaging 13.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting a blistering 65% from the field. He's been a terror in transition and around the rim.
"At around 6-foot-6, Kirk is as good an athlete as there is on the wing in the entire country," says Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow. "He exploded for some highlight quality dunks all weekend long, and then also mixed in a solid looking jumper as well."
Kirk's play led to 2016 offers from programs like Wake Forest, VCU, Baylor, Auburn, and Virginia Tech among others, but NC State hosted him on a visit on Monday and offered a scholarship for the 2015 class... to enroll in the fall.
According to his uncle, it was an easy decision for Kirk.
"Coach Moxley had a lot to do with it," said Edwards. "He recruited Shaun and got to know him as a sophomore, and they maintained contact through the years. There's a great fanbase at State, and there's a chance to compete for a national championship. It's close to home, and he's followed them... he's familiar with them.
"Also, playing in the ACC was big for him. You have Duke, UNC, Notre Dame, Syracuse... playing in that league is a good pitch by itself. But really it was about playing close to home and being a part of that Triangle rivalry. He knows all about it, being from Whiteville."
NC State, who currently has just seven returning scholarship players, will need Kirk to come in and contribute as a true freshman. What will he add to the Wolfpack?
"I don't think there's another athlete like him in the country," said Edwards. "You see him do some things during a game that makes you go, 'Wow.' He's a really good athlete and dunker, but I also believe he's a good shooter and passer."
Kirk's uncle acknowledges there are areas where he also can continue to improve.
"His shooting is underrated, but it can get better," Edwards added. "With hard work at NC State he'll become an excellent shooter.
"He can also improve his ball-handling and his mental approach to the game. Going to college, everything will get tougher. Playing in the ACC, the best conference in the country, you can't take a night off. It's not like high school where you may play two or three really good teams all year. I think he understands that."
The big question now from NC State fans is if Kirk can lure his two five-star AAU teamates, point guard Dennis Smith and power forward Edrice Adebayo, with him to Raleigh. Mr. Edwards just laughed when asked if Kirk would be recruiting for the Wolfpack.
"I know Shaun would love to play with those guys in college," he said. "They are two high-character kids and two of his good friends, but I can't comment on Dennis and Bam in that way."
Kirk is expected to enroll this summer at NC State and sign his letter of intent later this week.